YouTube's Demonitization of Crowder and New Censorship Lacks Transparency and Metrics
YouTube predictably gave in to pressure by Vox to censor Steven Crowder, a conservative comedian, for jokes he made about one of its activists.
Google is currently the most left-wing of the major dot coms with a sizable activist employee base. It's the most blatant of the monopolies and the least transparent.
Even as it unveiled Crowder's demonitization, YouTube also rolled out a new set of vague censorship guidelines.
Today, we're taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.
That's interesting and predictably won't be enforced.
Does anyone really believe that a video claiming that women are better than men will be removed? No and it shouldn't be.
These vague sorts of policies are only enforced one way. The vagueness allows for plenty of leeway.
The very terms "discrimination, segregation or exclusion" suggest that it's not hatred unless it's from a majority directed at a minority.
This would include, for example, videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory.
Isn't Communism inherently discrimonatory? The millions murdered by Communism would suggest so. But don't look for Google and its YouTube arm to actually implement restrictions that hurt leftists.